the short version
I make things that are all related to how wondrous the body is, how to cultivate a relationship with our bodies, and therefore with our being, and how that can have a profound positive impact on an individual and collective level.
I've been in private practice as a Rolfer since 2000. If you're inclined to work with me for Rolfing you can read all about it and book online, etc, etc at my practice's website: New Haven Rolfing.
I'm also a movement educator and the main forms I have trained in are Rolfing Movement, Yoga Tune Up, and MovNat. While I don't currently teach any group classes, I utilize these tools with my one-on-one clients in my practice.
Most people find me at this site here because I have created 2 podcasts, Liberated Body and Bliss and Grit. Liberated Body is currently turning into a book, and Bliss and Grit runs weekly episodes. You can see more of what I'm up to now on the 'now' page.
the longer version
My work with the body began on day one with a birth injury (cord strangulation). Because of that injury I grew up with chronic pain and neurological challenges, and by the time I was in my early twenties I was faced with the reality of a broken down and painful body. Unable to open my mouth, turn my head to the right, or to bear much weight on my right leg, I worked with numerous doctors. One of my main doctors thankfully recommended that I seek out bodywork, and that led me to find Rolfing. (Thank you Dr. Murad Padamsee at the Tufts Craniofacial Pain Center!).
Through my initial ten-series of Rolfing I experienced a pain-free body for the first time in my 23 years. Elated, inspired, and deeply grateful to this work (as well as more than a little disoriented by the non-sensation of being pain-free), I knew I wanted to train in Rolfing and share it with others who might be struggling similarly. Since my graduation from The Rolf Institute in 2000 I have worked with hundreds of people to help them heal their bodies.
In June of 2014 I began the Liberated Body podcast as a way of learning in public and building bridges between disciplines in the manual and movement therapy worlds. An interview-based show where I speak with a wide variety of somatic visionaries, the podcast took me far beyond where I thought it would lead me. Through creating the show the way I see not just the body but the way I see everything changed.
It was thanks to Liberated Body that I was introduced to the concept of somatic (body and sensation-based) meditation which changed my mindfulness practice dramatically. I dove right in with a 5-month program called Meditating with the Body through Dharma Ocean, which is also the lineage I took my refuge vow with.
Following that I began individual mentoring sessions with Kiran Trace to assist me in how I found my life and consciousness to be shifting and unfolding, and I also began training with Judith Blackstone in The Realization Process, which is an integrated approach to psychological healing, embodiment, and spiritual awakening. And John Prendergast's beautiful heart inquiry work.
I have had the great delight of walking much of this road with my dear friend, Vanessa Scotto. Because she and I are both makers and we're game to figure things out in public, we host a podcast called Bliss and Grit which is about our own processes on the path- processes that are at equal turns messy and joyful. I feel grateful that we can talk to one another there in a way that serves, and that we also have a chance to connect with remarkable teachers in conversation as well.